Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Bombardment of Lewes
Bombardment of Lewes
by the British
April 6th and 7th 1813.
Placed by the
National Society U.S.
Daughters of 1812
State of Delaware
Location. 38° 46.553′ N, 75° 8.335′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Front Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located between Neils Alley and Bank Street at 1812 Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The War of 1812 (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Bombardment of Lewes (a few steps from this marker); Otis H. Smith City Dock (a few steps from this marker); The Cannonball House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Explorations of Giovanni da Verrazzano (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewes-Rehoboth Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Dodds Corner (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewes (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lewes.
Regarding The Bombardment of Lewes. In March of 1813, the Royal Navy established
Also see . . .
1. Col. Samuel Boyer Davis, by Hazel D. Brittingham. (Submitted on December 1, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Military and Maritime History: The Port of Lewes. by Hazel D. Brittingham. The War of 1812 brought personal wartime involvement to the populace of Lewes. The opening salvos of an account of the activity at the local coastal area, by this writer and published earlier, state: Cannonballs and Congreve rockets shattered the calm of coast and countryside on April 6-7, 1813, during America's "second war for Independence." The War of 1812 washed ashore at little Lewistown on Delaware Bay when for a dramatic 22-hour period there was an exchange of cannonballs. Among the British warships in the bay were the 74-gun Poictiers and the 36-gun Belvidera. The British needed food and water. Their requests, including the offer to pay for the provisions at Philadelphia prices, were denied by the spunky Americans, and the enemy attacked the town by cannonade. Although there was no loss of life and little property damage, it took great courage for the defenders led by a native, Colonel Samuel Boyer Davis, to retort under such odds. Cannon facing seaward today and the Cannonball House- Marine Museum, in the vicinity of the post office on Front Street, are reminders of the brave stand. (Submitted on December 1, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War of 1812 •
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